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10-18-2004 02:54 PM  13 years agoPost 1
dariof

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Henderson, NV /​Laguna Niguel, CA

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We have had some pretty good flying Wx the past two weeks, but I really haven't had any desire to fly. Been at the field, but just ended up talking with others and helping others set-up their helis....

Don''t really want to fly today either, although it is thundering outside and I am going on a field trip as one of the chaperone's for my daughter's class. But I wouldn't have flown anyway.

How long does this ailment last? Is there anything I can take or do to make this malady go away?

Best Regards, Dario

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10-18-2004 02:55 PM  13 years agoPost 2
aarinsingh

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Thompson, MB

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Trade me spots you can sit in the front yard and look at 6" of freash snow, garunteed to make you want to go flying

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10-18-2004 04:32 PM  13 years agoPost 3
DrScoles

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Redmond WA

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This is a good thing! Half of us are obsessed witht these things, and other parts of our lives suffer from it. Use it as a way to explore other things, and most importantly, spend time with the significant other....

I cautiously say I have passed the peak of my obsession with these things, still love playing with them, but don't crave to go fly every time its not raining....

Mike

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10-18-2004 04:38 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Jimnastik

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Ohio

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The Dr. is right. I finally had to put mine on the shelf for awhile so I could finish a laundry room and bathroom. When the heli needed attention it always seemed to come first. I wasn't winning any points with the significant other.

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10-18-2004 04:39 PM  13 years agoPost 5
oldfart

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Vancouver, Canada

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Hi Mike,

I was wondering when that would happen to you

A good woman surely helps in this area

Phil

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10-18-2004 04:43 PM  13 years agoPost 6
orlee008

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Miami, FL USA

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heli-burnout just means that you're tired of flying your same ol heli. You need to go buy yourself a new one or get some new toy(s) for your current heli!!

=D

orlee

Flying in Miami, FL (Kendall Area)

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10-18-2004 06:20 PM  13 years agoPost 7
gigi

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Port-au-Prince,​Haiti

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I'm thinking you need a new challenge...

If you can fly upright, move on to inverted.
If you can fly inverted, try backwards circuits.
If you can do those, try inverted backwards circuits!

All kidding aside, I'd put the heli on the shelf, and I'd spend time doing what feels right, or what feels like you've been putting it off for a while. I tend to think when one's interest tapers off, it's because other, more pressing or more important matters are resurfacing, specially if the first activity was used as a coping mechanism, to avoid facing that more important issue...

I'm not a shrink, but I've spent more money on their couches than on helis so far... At least until the check I sent for the Bergen makes it through to the seller, and he cashes it in

Go with the flow, and give yourself the time to find out what it is that's trying to get your attention, and pay heed to it. One of these days, the RC bug will bite again, but in the meantime, attend to the other matters.

Cheers,

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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10-18-2004 07:20 PM  13 years agoPost 8
wolfdad

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Southern Maryland

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Over the past two weeks, we have had remarkably good weather and I managed to put together 9 days in a row, however, for me that's stretching it. Whenever I hit that wall, I just stand down for two or three days. Keep telling myself that I'll regret not flying when the weather goes sour, however I also weigh that with getting "brain dead" and getting stupid and crashing. You did hit on one thing that is a "sure-fire" way to suck up some fumes, get your "heli fix" in and still enjoy a beautiful day and that is to go out and help others, whether it be helping with a set-up, getting a cantankerous engine started or even spotting for someone trying a new manuever. I often learn something new by just kicking back and watching and shooting the bull. No offense intended and I certainly hate to see anyone crash, however learning from some else's mistakes makes for a very cheap afternoon out at the field as well.

wolfdad sends....

"There are those who have...and, those who will" IRCHA #2117, AMA #70068, Turbine Waiver #105

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10-18-2004 07:26 PM  13 years agoPost 9
slant911

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Las Vegas, NV. ​Hirobo, Magnum​Fuels, MAH

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If you can fly upright, move on to inverted.
If you can fly inverted, try backwards circuits.
If you can do those, try inverted backwards circuits!


The above words are not a bad bit of advice. I've tried to push you along at the field as you know. When you are learning something new it excites you again.

But, if you have other things on your mind then by all means take care of them first.


John B. McNamara

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10-18-2004 08:57 PM  13 years agoPost 10
armageddon

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too much of anything is never good..

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10-18-2004 09:40 PM  13 years agoPost 11
mark fadely

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indianapolis,​indiana

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I think every pilot experiences fluctuation in desire. When you first get into the hobby you are insatiable. Your desire to fly is at it’s highest. Every milestone you reach in your flying gives you an incredible high. As time goes on and your progression becomes more incremental the exhilaration fades. This is the time when you have to do a bit of soul searching and decide if the expense, time and personal sacrifice are worth it. This hobby is a great personal challenge. Each person has their own expectation of what level they want to eventually achieve. I’ve seen many local pilots learn to hover and fly a few circuits then lose interest and move onto another hobby. I have been an aviation enthusiast since I was a small child. In the family photo album most of my pics show me with some kind of airplane, helicopter, or rocket. So I guess it will always be in my blood. With that said, I still have gone through many ups and downs in my plank/heli flying career. Some days I just don’t feel like flying. I’ve driven up to the field on one of those perfect weather days and wound up leaving and doing something else. Sometimes you just don’t feel like flying. Sometimes you get more enjoyment out of the hobby by helping others and not flying. Or other times you can’t deal with the “what if?” like crashing or having a mechanical failure. If you don’t fly you will take your heli home in one piece after all.

Each person has to figure out how much of themselves they are going to invest in this hobby. This is as individual as each one of us. I see some pilots get real enthusiastic and then bail out after a year or so. Then there are pilots who have been in the hobby 20yrs and are still just hovering. I would rather be the guy who is still in the hobby after 20yrs no matter what kind of flying it would be. There is so much to be gained from this hobby as a discipline. It doesn’t matter if you are the 3d champ with the latest blinged out model or hovering a 25 yr old heliboy. It takes a unique individual to be in and stay in this hobby. I’m glad I decided to give helis a try 8 yrs ago and I hope I can be involved in the hobby in some way as long as I’m still kick’n.

I would suggest not worrying if you don’t feel like flying. Take a few days off and if you get the desire back, then fly. If you don’t ever feel like flying again then go find another hobby. Maybe you just flew a tad more than you could handle this year. As others have said, if your heli hobby is taking away from other important parts of your life then you might need to cut back some on helis. I’m lucky in that I fly during the day while at work and I don’t have to take any family time away from my wife or 2 small children. I never fly on the weekends and only am gone if I’m at one of the 5 fun fly’s I attend each year. The balance of time works for me. I hope you stick with it and get that desire back.

Mark

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10-18-2004 10:07 PM  13 years agoPost 12
gigi

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Very thoughtful and kind-hearted posting,​Mark.

This is one of those topics that shows an entirely different facet of the hobby, and of life in general, I think, and I find it very interesting to read.

Gigi

My heli spending has gone way down since I got a Honda 919 :-)

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10-18-2004 10:18 PM  13 years agoPost 13
miataguy

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Santa Barbara, CA

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To stay motivated, I remember my pre-heli days when I would look at these things and go "Man I wish I could do that!" Now that I can, just doing simple circuits can bring a smile to my face. After 3 years, the rush is over and I'm at the incremental stage Mark is talking about. I'm working on the parts that comprise a whole like inverted pirouettes, sideways waterfalls, flips any orientation, etc. My goals are piroflips and piroloops. Also, I keep having these ideas for maneuvers I've never seen before. For example, I'm working on a pirouetting sideways waterfall circuit (sounds complicated but looks simple in the air). Before, I felt an impatience to progress as fast as I could, but now I can accept whatever happens. With a gray sky it's easier to lose orientation so I stick to what I know. Sometimes something goes wrong mechanically and flying gets cut short. Yesterday everything was fine and I burned nearly a gallon. My simulator desire has slacked off some and other projects are starting to have greater importance. The journey is the reward.

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10-19-2004 07:22 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Jamovich

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Bangalore, India

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hmm

Sniff in some white powder

Then go flying...and watch them pretty pretty blades go round and round till u go dizzy!

Jamovich

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10-19-2004 08:51 PM  13 years agoPost 15
heligoole

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yorkshire,uk

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Do you feel pushed by others at your local flying field?Do you feel like you need/HAVE to keep up with the heli world jones's?if so then you need to step back one,think about when YOU want to fly and mainly when do YOU enjoy flying....its your hobby remember ..dont make it your farce!!!!!!maybe you need a holiday...then buy a new heli!!!!!!

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10-19-2004 10:51 PM  13 years agoPost 16
classic

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Do you seem to spend most of your time just helping others and not getting much time for yourself flying at the field?
May be time to spend more of your free time on yourself flying, maybe telling those who ask for help to please ask someone else? At least finding a balance somewhere in the midd.
Hope it works out for you, sometimes just taking a few months off can really help also.

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10-19-2004 11:29 PM  13 years agoPost 17
sabooo

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Allentown, PA area

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Adopt a newbie. Their excitement will bleed over in some degree.



I was going to take up Origami, but someone said the local club folded.

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10-19-2004 11:49 PM  13 years agoPost 18
A. Bundy

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Aurora,IL. 30W/SW of​Chicago

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I'll tell you what I've found in life.If you don't feel like doing it,don't do it.Just don't go untill you feel like it.There's a whole world of stuff to do.If you really like it,you will come back.

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10-20-2004 01:01 AM  13 years agoPost 19
Greg Faust

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Northern VA, USA

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it's not burnout.... it's the desire to pose with a machine that hasn't been crashed. Burning fuel is the cure.

<<<Lithium Field Rep>>>

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10-20-2004 06:49 AM  13 years agoPost 20
Gearhead

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""Burnout and what are the Cures ??""

go to an old folk's home and set down and talk for 6, 7 hours.


Jim

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